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Business in the front, REST in the back

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  • Nifty corners is a JavaScript and CSS method for building rounded corners, no images required. Rounded corners are a topic after my own heart.
  • Keep yourself focused with printable forms from Printable CEO.
  • Although tag clounds might be the new mullets, perhaps there’s a way to have just the front part where the business is.
  • Tagging has enterprise applications, too. Remind me sometime to tell you about some of the reasons why actual human-powered folksonomies might be less useful on the intranet than automatically-generated metadata.
  • Quicksilver advanced uses to make your friends envious of your godlike keyboard skillz.
  • Build nirvana can be achieved with continuous integration. Trust me. Your PHP projects can reach this goal using some Java build tools. Put these together with private workspaces for your developers and you’ll find smoother development in your future.
  • Developers know there’s a right way and a wrong way to branch and merge code in your SCM tool. The right way is however you do it. The wrong way is how everyone else does it. Find out more about everyone else’s way by reading up on Branching Patterns for Parallel Software Development.
  • Want to start a successful business? Measure something and help others make better business decisions. This is something FeedBurner understood early and others didn’t. Plus the article has a picture of a cool pinewood derby car.
  • I’m trying to wrap my head around the magical incantations that make up the REST authentication tutorial. Apache, mod_rewrite, perl, and a knowledge of HTTP authentication have combined to make a cookie-less authentication scheme.
  • And if you like REST (and who doesn’t?) and like PHP, Tonic looks like an interesting development framework. Everything’s a resource. If you’re more of a rail-ly guy but want to stick with your PHP, CodeIgniter might be of interest.
  • A while back Niall deconstructed the My Yahoo feed API. Keeping the tab open in my browser until I need it isn’t the most effective way to keep this around, so I’m selfishly posting it here.
  • Like many others, Paul Graham attempts to define Web 2.0. Paul makes it understandable to your dumb boss. If your boss is too stupid to get it, just tell him that it’s an upgrade.

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